The Miami Herald, which has won three Pulitzer prizes for photography (as well as many more for reporting), is forbidding citizens from taking photos of its building because it is a “landmark” building.

At least that is what a pair of security guards told Alesh Houdek, who revived his once popular Critical Miami blog to write about the incident after an almost four-year hiatus.

But one Miami Herald reporter shrugged off the incident as insignificant because it wasn’t as if the security guard had pulled a gun or anything.

But perhaps movie critic Rene Rodriguez realized we weren’t discussing plot points because he quickly deleted his comments from the Facebook conversation, which I managed to capture in a screen shot.

Considering this is the area where a naked man was shot dead by police while chewing the face of another man last month, you can almost understand how a security guard trampling the rights of a citizen would not raise much muster in the Herald’s depleted newsroom.

But many of us outside the newsroom are pretty appalled, including Miami blogger Random Pixels who is suggesting we organize a photo protest as we did a couple of previous times.

Maybe they can send Paradise Afshar down to cover it.

Or Fabiola Santiago down to tweet about it.

Or maybe they should just stay at their desks, exchanging emails discussing whether it is a newsworthy story or not.

We probably shouldn’t expect them to send down any photographers considering they have slashed their photo staff down to almost nothing in recent years. But maybe some of those ousted photogs would like to join us.

Whether or not we are willing to participate in a photo protest, we should photograph this building before it’s too late because it is a landmark building and it won’t be long before they tear it down to make room for a mega-resort with possible casinos, proving once again that nothing is sacred  in Miami.

And you know once that happens, Genting casino goons won’t allow anybody to take photos.

UPDATE: Miami photographer Larry Shane reports on Facebook that he was ordered to stop taking photos of the Miami Herald building last year.

Also, a commenter badly in need of spell check reported the same in Houdek’s blog post.

So now the question is, who’s up for a photo protest? Might as well leave ourselves one final memory of that building before they tear it down.

UPDATE II: Miami Herald movie critic Rene Rodriguez believes his comments were taken out of context and says he was simply defending the security guard from being called a “rent-a-cop” by blogger Random Pixels.

I never defended the guard’s actions. All I said is you shouldn’t call them names, because they are good guys. They are just doing what they are told. That’s it. Our opinions on this subject DON’T differ. But the way you wrote it, I come off as an idiot. Just check the comments on your post if you don’t believe me. 

Update III: Random Pixels reports that a Herald executive said they only forbid people from stepping on the Herald’s property and taking photos. The executive failed to mentioned that the Herald doesn’t even own the property anymore and are staying there rent-free..

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